Susanna De Vries writes about Nell Tritton

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Susanna De Vries writes about Nell Tritton


A story about Brisbane’s first female cadet journalist, champion rally car driver and intrepid international adventurer has captured the attention of Jubilee client, historian and author Susanna De Vries.

De Vries, well known for her previous books focusing on Australian artists and biographies of outstanding Australian women, has released her latest book Nell.

The book tells the story of Nell Tritton, born in 1899 and heiress to the old Tritton’s furniture store on George St, Brisbane. After a family tragedy Nell was not content to travel the path expected of young girls of her time and wanted to live life to the full.

She travelled overseas, settling in Paris, wrote short stories and eventually married former Russian prime minister Alexander Kerensky. This was the start of another adventure that included Nell using her rally driving skills to save her husband from Stalin’s assassins in a car chase through Montparnasse as the Germans invaded Paris.

Without giving too much of Nell’s story away, she and Kerensky returned to Australia and settled in her parents’ historic home Elderslie in Clayfield, Brisbane, in the mid 1940s. The house has since been relocated to Pullenvale.

For De Vries, the attraction to Nell’s story was too strong to ignore. “I loved Nell’s passion for Paris because that is where I studied art history and I lived on the same street as Nell lived in so I actually feel very close to her,” De Vries said. “My great friend bought her house and Lavinia Tritton gave me some family information. I thought the history of the Trittons was very interesting for Brisbane people as (the store) was here long before Myers or David Jones. Everybody seemed to buy all of their furniture there. I (also) had written a book on the history of Brisbane and so I thought this book on Nell combined all of the things that really interested me.”

For De Vries, Nell is the last biography of Australian women she will write. “I am now updating my book on impressionist artists and writing a new book on international women artists,” De Vries said. “My Jubilee carers make it possible for me to work and so I am still writing books.”

Nell can be ordered at local book shops and the e-book is available on Amazon. Or purchase a signed copy of the book at




Seniors food and nutrition program to begin


Are you keen to get out, make some new friends and try some new activities after months at home? Jubilee Community Care is relaunching its free Stay Connected Project.

Now with COVID-Safe plans in place, Jubilee is running the Cooking for One or Two program which proved very popular in the first Stay Connected round.

Presented by Food Solutions, dieticians will provide lessons in basic cooking, nutrition and healthy ageing in a positive social environment. There will be nutritious cooking demonstrations and you will share the meal at the end of each session.

The free program will run for six weeks starting Wednesday, October 21 and finishing November 25. It will be held at Graceville Presbyterian Church, 12 Bank Rd, Graceville.

This program will form part of a pilot study funded by the Department of Health. The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research will gather data, evaluate and publish the findings.

For more information or to register now for Stay Connected please phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220 or email




Seniors online courses expanding

  • BodyMoves Exercise Classes – Tuesdays weekly.
  • I Have A Story! Writing Workshops – Wednesdays for eight weeks.
  •  Mindful Connections workshops – Thursdays for eight weeks.

Jubilee Community Care is forging ahead with our recently introduced online services with new offerings available this month.

Existing online classes include Body Moves – a gentle armchair exercise class – while the first of our Mindfulness and Nutrition courses have just wrapped up with more to come.

We are offering our Mindfulness course online again by popular demand. Run by Jon Unal from Conscious Beginnings, the course will empower and support older people to reduce their isolation and improve their wellbeing, resilience, mental health and self-care.

The program will run online once a week on Thursdays from October 15 to December 3.

We also have the I Have a Story! Writing Workshops run by author and arts therapist Fiona Ware. The online workshops encourage participants to unleash their creativity and start writing about their lives – a powerful tool to acknowledge who we are, where we’ve come from and what we’ve learnt along the way.

The course will run online once a week on Wednesdays from October 14 to December 2.

For all online courses participants will need access to a computer and internet, but only basic computer knowledge is required. And if you are not confident with technology but would like to join our online offerings there is help available – see next story on assistance for seniors online.

At the end of each online class we will have social conversation sessions to allow clients to make new friends or keep up with old ones.

Those who have participated in our online activities have found it worthwhile.

Liz is thoroughly enjoying the BodyMoves exercise class. “It is great motivation to get moving in your own home with other people on the computer. And we can all do the exercises to the best of our abilities. It is fun as well.”

Client Denise recommends the Mindfulness course with Jon. “He is so good! I feel much better for doing the course.

The breathing techniques are wonderful for destressing and helping me get to sleep. I’m also able to experience joy and gratefulness easily and often and so my general mood is happier. Meeting people is a bonus too.’’

Perhaps there is another offering you would like to see online? If you have a topic of interest or an activity such as yoga, trivia or bingo you would like to see online then please let us know.

To express an interest in the online services, to suggest a particular service or to seek help to become involved phone 3871 3220 or email today.



Seniors – do you need help online?

Do you have a computer, mobile phone, Ipad or other tablet device you would like to use for the first time or with more confidence?

Jubilee Community Care can assist you with support workers available to provide one-on-one lessons across a variety of technologies.

It might be you want to join Jubilee’s online programs, keep in touch with family or friends over video chats or email, learn how to order your groceries or other items online, play games to keep your mind active or do other activities online.

If this is you, or your loved one, please contact us. Phone the Jubilee office on 3871 3220 or email to find out more.



Activities are back on the calendar

Our activities program which has been on hold is slowly being reintroduced!

We have some new and innovative programs both in-person and online to keep our clients supported and engaged during the ongoing COVID–19 restrictions.

In the calendars on the following pages you will see the in-person COVID-safe activities as well as the online activities and the Stay Connected program.

Is there an activity you would like Jubilee to provide? Perhaps activities like walking or exercise groups in local parks, or other things. Please let us know.

And if you are still looking for something to do Brisbane City Council also has a wide variety of activities for seniors in its GOLD program. The program covers both active and healthy events, music, the arts and more. For more information visit

Jubilee may also be able to arrange for transport to attend group activities organised by the council. Please let us know if there is any activity you are interested in attending but note, transport with Jubilee is not guaranteed.

As per usual our bus transport to Jubilee activities has limited numbers. Bookings will be on a first come-first served basis so phone activities officer Vicki on 3871 3220 to secure a spot.